Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
This is one of the first mantra/chant I ever memorized. I remember when I first heard this chant in a local yoga class.
I loved the vibration it left in the room after it was chanted several times. I immediately was curious, “What does this beautiful saying mean?”
In the Jivamukti yoga tradition it translates to “May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.”
Let’s take a deeper look at each of these words and how you can find inner peace by blessing others not just yourself.
Sharon Gannon breaks it down for us.
lokah: location, realm, all universes existing now
samastah: all beings sharing that same location
sukhino: centered in happiness and joy, free from suffering
bhav: the divine mood or state of unified existence
antu: may it be so, it must be so (antu used as an ending here transforms this mantra into a powerful pledge)
I have a strong connection with this chant. It’s a prayer I try to say in my head everyday.
And even out loud. The positive vibes that radiate after repeating this chant out loud is blissful.
When I express these beautiful words I am sending a blissful vibe to everyone in the world to enjoy that inner peace that we all truly seek. I believe when you bless everyone around you are also blessing yourself.
You are able to find your own inner peace. When you are at peace, I am at peace. Because we are all connected.
When we love ourselves we are able to extend that love out to others in a genuine unconditional way.
Below are a few other affirmations/prayer/chant I repeat to myself. They are best written on index cards so you can use them as flash cards everyday. Even multiple times a day.
Eventually you can add more affirmations. I think I have over 30 cards I thumb thru everyday, multipe times a day so I can stay grounded in my own inner peace.
“I allow myself to be fulfilled.”
“I know the universe has my back.”
“I have peace within myself.”
“I LOVE myself.”
“I radiate positive energy.”
“I am safe.”
“I am that I am.”
Follow you affirmations up with a few yoga poses that encourage you to move inward, like child’s pose.
Child’s Pose (Balasana)
1. Find a nice quiet peaceful area. On your mat take your knees wider than your hips.
2. Press your bottom towards your heels, arms reach out in front of you, and your head relaxes to the mat. You can always place a soft blanket in front of you to rest your forehead.
3. Stay here for 2-3 minutes. Let the breath be soft. Think about your affirmations and move inward.
Find your inner peace.
Credits: Jivamukti Yoga